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Smashwords is running an End-of-Year sale starting today. Tons of great books are on sale, including almost everything in our catalog. Grab some great freebies for your shiny new e-reader, phone, or tablet, and stock up on reading material for the new year!
Earlier this month, I talked a little about my goal to write 2,014 words a day, every day this year. I have a lot of novels and short stories floating around inside my head, and even if I don’t have enough time to edit and publish all of them this year, I’d like to at least get several of them written. Having first drafts of these stories is better than just having a line item on my TODO list and lots of random plot points and characters sloshing around inside my head. Plus, I read a nice little piece of advice late last year that said that every first draft is perfect… because all it has to do is exist. (quote by Jane Smiley)
So how did I do with this goal?
So far… quite well, actually.
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Almost 105,000 words written in a single month… like I hinted at above, they aren’t perfect words and none of this is ready to publish, but it does feel very nice to have that much first-draft quality material written. Once I get a few more things out of my head, I’ll start the editing process and should be able to start sharing and publishing these stories later this year.
What did I write?
Fireteam Zulu — I wrote first drafts of two sequels to my 2012 novel, Fireteam Zulu. I also wrote the first draft of a prequel short story called Alpha Mission about how Sarge and Tank first got involved in their new life.
Pariah — I started to write a sequel to my first novel, Pariah. So far I’m about 5,000 words into it, so I’m really just getting started.
Every year on New Year’s Day, I make at least a few wild resolutions that even I know I won’t be able to keep. And, usually, by Day Two of the year, I’ve broken at least one of them. It’s gone beyond a tradition into a sort of running joke.
This year, I sat around on New Year’s Eve and really thought about what I wanted to do in 2014. One of the things I realized at this time was that I haven’t really written much in the past few months. Actually, I didn’t really write that much last year. I published a few things, but I didn’t write them in 2013. Third-Person Hero (Scribings, Vol 3) was written in November 2012. Netmare (Terran Shift Anthology Vol 2) was first written in about 2009, based on an idea I had in the mid-90s. The Museum Run (also in Terran Shift Anthology 2) was first written when I was in college, around 2000, and heavily revised in 2010 and 2012. As for new material? I wrote the first draft of one story, for Scribings Volume 4, and that was only about 1,800 words.
So that’s the first thing I wanted to change in my life for 2014. I have been experimenting with my own personal motivation methods. For a long time, I’ve tried to force myself to sit down and write for two hours every morning. The results… well, like I said, I didn’t write much of any new material in 2013. So my first resolution for 2014 was something that I hoped would be simpler than trying to force myself to type for two hours:
Write 2,014 words a day.
Considering the speed I think and type at, I figured this would take roughly 45 minutes. So how’s that been working out for me? On the first day of the new year, I wrote 3,173 words. The second day yielded 3,102. The third day came in at a whopping 12,662 words. In fact, on days 1 through 6 of this year, I wrote the first draft of a 42,000 word novella. And today, I resumed work on Fireteam Zulu 2. I figure that even if I only write 2,014 words a day, I should be able to write a novel a month. I’m hoping to get all these novels floating around inside my head (currently about a dozen of them) into words on my computer, so I can edit and publish them and clear my mind for other projects. Plus I really like writing and publishing, and hope that you enjoy reading the stories I create.
Are you a writer? What’s your plan?
Fireteam Zulu has reached the iTunes and Sony Reader ebook stores. If you’ve been waiting for it to arrive in your favorite stores, the wait is now over… Fireteam Zulu is now in all of the major ebook stores we distribute to!
Start reading the sample today
Sony Reader Store: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/jamie-alan-belanger/fireteam-zulu/_/R-400000000000000728952
The year is 2254. Humanity has expanded into our solar system – colonizing the moon, Mars, Phobos, Deimos, and several asteroids. We have space stations and secret military bases. But we’ve spread too far, too fast, and the military cannot adequately police the solar system. Many hopeful colonists are preyed upon by pirates who take what they can with little opposition.
Fireteam Zulu is a group of ex-marines who band together to help those people, hunting down pirates wherever they can find them. Then one day they discover that they are being hunted.